Category Archives: Consumer affairs

Isolationist or Imperialist?

On the eve of a showdown Cabinet meeting on Brexit, one of our frequent contributors, Ronnie Cohen, asks if British attitudes both to the EU and to this country’s metric changeover are part of the same mindset. Likes(17)Dislikes(0)

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Energy units – muddle in the making?

It was decided early in the 1990s that the unit for pricing of domestic gas should change from the therm to the kilowatt hour, which is a metric unit but not SI. We ask if this made ‘metric sense’. Likes(16)Dislikes(1)

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Remembering a tenacious campaigner

It is with sadness we report that Anne Attlee, leader of the Metric Sense Campaign for almost forty years, passed away peacefully at the age of 87 on 31 May 2018. Likes(15)Dislikes(0)

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Carry on muddling

In these uncertain times, politicians are often keen to point out areas where Britain leads the world. We have a suggestion: creating a measurement muddle. Examples follow. Likes(20)Dislikes(0)

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Ignorance is bliss, or perhaps not

One of our regular contributors, Jake, has drawn our attention to a story that recently appeared on the BBC web site. Likes(22)Dislikes(6)

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cm versus mm

As the UK’s metric changeover drags on with no end in sight, we consider if the advantages of encouraging widespread use of the centimetre outweigh the risks. Likes(21)Dislikes(3)

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Metric vs Imperial. Which?

We comment on a letter and the reply recently published in Which?, the magazine of the Consumers Association. Likes(44)Dislikes(4)

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A storm in a champagne glass

We look into the recent story that appeared on BBC TV about the possibility of champagne becoming available again in the UK in pint bottles. Likes(54)Dislikes(22)

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Then and now

We take a look at a film from 1973 made with the aim introducing the metric system to the general public. Likes(47)Dislikes(47)

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Diaries, and a glimpse into the past

Many of us have probably bought a diary for 2018 recently. Ronnie Cohen takes a look at the conversion tables found at the front of many sold in the UK. Likes(45)Dislikes(44)

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